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States asked to work on litigation policies, said Moily

india Updated: Jul 26, 2010 12:28 IST

With state governments accounting for more than 30% of cases pending in courts, a move is underway to have more pragmatic litigation policies for them, Union Law Minister M Veerappa Moily said on monday.

"I personally feel approximately more than 30% of space which is now occupied by state litigations can be reduced. That can be provided to other litigants like general public, 'aam admi'," Moily told reporters on monday.

"The states have been asked to work out litigation policies as we need to vacate the space occupied by state

litigators," said the minister, who was in Goa to chair the regional review meeting on implementation of 13th Finance

Commission recommendations on improving justice delivery and other matters.

"After consultation process is over, we will sit down and work out a roadmap to ensure that full target of reduction of

delay is brought down to three years," he said.

Goa Chief Minister Digamber Kamat and Chief Justices of five High Courts were present for the briefing.

Moily said that the Planning Commission has approved Rs 14,000 crore to be utilised in five years.

"Around Rs 2500 crore has been sanctioned for morning and evening courts and special courts for speedy disposal of

petitions. The basic idea is that the cases should not be pending for more than three years," he said.

The Planning Commission has sanctioned Rs 750 crore for alternative dispute solutions and Rs 1000 crore for Lok

Adalats, he added.